Starting 24 May, Australia’s biggest city will
transform into a dazzling canvas of art, tunes and colour for the 18-day
creative arts festival Vivid Sydney.
With the whole festival structured into
three categories – Light, Music and Ideas – Vivid Sydney Light will
introduce luminous installations around the city, with the iconic Harbour Bridge as the dazzling
centrepiece. And in a world-first, the public will be able to interact with the
bridge’s display by creating a custom design that will be projected onto
the bridge just seconds after being logged via a touch screen located outside Luna Park.
Additionally, the popular waterfront
Darling Harbour precinct will be transformed into a spectacular exhibit of
illuminated dancing water fountains, with light and water shows every night
from 6 pm for the duration of the festival. Don’t miss the 20m-high light and water
illuminated “Magic Wall”, designed as a recreation of the Versailles Fountain.
And to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the BBC TV programme Dr Who, a light spectacular will be held on 1 June,
where the grand facade of Circular Quay’s Customs House will showcase an array of 3D-mapped
visual projections from the series.
As part of Vivid Live, the music
component of the festival held at the Opera House, this
year’s headliner German band Kraftwerk will perform their minimalistic electronic sound at twice-nightly shows
from 24 to 27 May. “This will be a mind-melting journey through a
catalogue whose tentacles reach into almost every area of popular music,” said Vivid
Live festival director Fergus Linehan. He also recommended seeing the
orchestral tribute to the Blade Runner soundtrack by the UK’s Heritage
Orchestra on 26 May, which will have “almost 50 musicians on stage – and a few
surprises”. Other exciting musical shows include indigenous Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu performing in a
world-first collaboration with the Sydney Symphony on 28 and 29 May, and
Australia’s very own electro-glam duo Empire of the
Sun premiering selected tracks from their
not-yet-released album on 30 and 31 May.
Held at different locations throughout
Sydney, Vivid Ideas will showcase more
than 150 creative events, including talks, debates and panel discussions. Highlights include The
Incredibly Short Film Festival on 31 May (each of the 30-second GIF or animated loop films are
sourced from artists, animators and illustrators from around the globe) and The Making of a Blockbuster Game on 4 June (US game designer Ricky
Cambier will take gaming enthusiasts behind the scenes on making and marketing
a smash hit).
Vivid Sydney runs until 10 June and is the
biggest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Tickets for ticketed
events are available online.
Leonov is the Sydney Localite for BBC Travel